Cyber Wellness

What is Cyber Wellness?

Cyber Wellness (CW) refers to the positive well-being of Internet users. It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyberspace. The focus of CW is about helping students to become responsible digital learners. When navigating cyberspace, students should demonstrate respect for self and others and practise safe and responsible use. Students should also be a positive peer influence by harnessing technology for collaboration, learning and productivity, as well as advocating positive use of technology for the good of the community.

The Cyber Wellness Framework

The CW framework is used to develop the child’s instinct to protect and empower him to take responsibility for his own well-being in cyberspace. The three principles, ‘Respect for Self and Others’, ‘Safe and Responsible Use’ and ‘Positive Peer Influence’ when adhered to will anchor a child’s well-being in cyberspace as he will then be able to make careful and well-considered decisions.
 
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Principles

(1) Respect for Self and Others
Students need to:
  • uphold their own dignity when online (e.g. share appropriate content and participate in only legal online activities)
  • respect other people online (e.g. put themselves in others’ shoes, accept diverse views and opinions, give credit when using other people’s work and seek permission where necessary, avoid sharing hurtful materials).

(2) Safe and Responsible Use
Students need to:
  • have an understanding of the risks of harmful and illegal online behaviours, and take steps to protect themselves (e.g. keep their personal information private, verify the reliability of information using various sources, take steps to avoid dangers they may encounter online).
  • make wise and healthy choices (e.g. maintain a healthy balance of their online and offline activities)

(3) Positive Peer Influence
Students need to:
  • be a positive role model online (e.g. share healthy and positive content, harness the affordances of technology to do good for society)
  • advocate positive online behaviour (e.g. stand up for their peers online, report cases of cyber bullying to a trusted adult/authority, post encouraging remarks on social media)

MOE's Cyber Wellness Education

CW Education comprises a) the CW lessons in the formal curriculum and b) the school-wide programmes (e.g. CW assembly talks, CW activities) to reinforce the importance of CW and its messages. Schools are guided by the CW framework to plan and implement CW education which are customised to the student profile and school environment.

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MOE's Cyber Wellness Curriculum in Schools

The goal of CW lessons is to equip students with life-long social-emotional competencies and sound values so that they can become safe, respectful and responsible users of Information Communications Technology (ICT).

The four key messages for students are:

  • Embrace ICT yet maintain a balanced lifestyle between the physical and the cyber world
  • Harness the power of ICT for positive purposes
  • Maintain a positive presence in cyberspace
  • Be a safe and responsible user of ICT

Lessons are delivered via Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP) in primary schools and in the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum in secondary schools and Pre-Universities. Key CW topics are also incorporated in subjects such as English and Mother Tongue Languages.

The CW curriculum, summarised in the table below, is guided by the three CW principles and is aligned to three Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) big ideas. It covers four themes and eight topics.

3 Principles3 Big Ideas4 Themes8 TopicsProtected Curriculum Time
1) Respect for Self & others

2) Safe & Responsible Use

3) Positive Peer Influence
Identity

Cyber Identity
Healthy self-identity

Cyber Use
Balanced life and balanced use

Online identity and expression

Balanced use of ICT

Primary
14 lessons within Form Teacher Guidance Period since 2014


Secondary
18 lessons in the CCE CW Guidance Module since 2014,
4 hours for Sec 1 to 4, and
2 hours for Sec 5


Pre-University
2 lessons within the CCE curriculum from 2016

Relationships

Cyber Relationships
Safe and meaningful

Netiquette

Cyber bullying

Online relationships

Choices

Cyber Citizenship
Positive presence

About the cyber world

Handling online content and behaviour

Cyber Contacts


Sense-Think-Act @ Home

To complement the CW curriculum in schools, parents can set a good example at home in the use of technology and play an active role in guiding our children to navigate in cyberspace. To ensure that their children are safe and have positive experiences online, parents can:

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For more information on CW and resources and tips for students, educators and parents, visit the  ICT Connection   portal.

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